By Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly’s Ivan Trembow reports that the impending Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing about UFC fighter Nathan Marquardt’s positive steroids test has been pushed back to sometime in December. The next agenda date for the NSAC is November 21st, and it was originally believed that Marquardt would appear in front of the commission to make his case on that date.
However, Nevada’s Senior Deputy Attorney General Michael Mersch has told MMAWeekly that two of the five Commission members (including the Chairman) will be participating in the November 21st proceedings via teleconference, as opposed to being there in person, because they will be out of the country. Since this was the reason given for the fact that Marquardt’s case will not be heard on this date, it stands to reason that the NSAC wanted to wait for all of the Commissioners to be available to communicate with Marquardt face-to-face when his hearing does eventually takes place.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will now plan to have Marquardt’s hearing sometime in the month of December, although an exact date has not yet been established.
As previously reported by MMAWeekly, Marquardt tested positive for nandrolone metabolite, which is a major anabolic steroid, after his August 6th fight with Ivan Salaverry in Las Vegas. Marquardt took two re-tests days later, and both of the re-tests came back negative, which would seem to exonerate Marquardt.
However, the NSAC does not consider this to be a closed case due to the fact that the first test came back positive, and also due to the fact that Marquardt admitted to using a nutritional supplement that contained Androstenedione, which is also a substance that is banned by the NSAC. Marquardt and his management denied any usage of illegal steroids in a news story that you can read at this URL: http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=446.
In an interview with MMAWeekly after the re-tests came back negative, Nevada’s Chief Deputy Attorney General Keith Kizer said, “There are so many different factors here. There are so many different products on the market that you can use to flush out your system. We do test for masking agents and he tested negative for masking agents on both tests, but there are also more natural ways to flush your system out, and whether or not someone could do it in eight days is something that we have to ask the medical experts. But as for the case in general, nandrolone and Androstenedione are both banned products, so it wouldn’t be a complete defense if someone were to say, ‘I didn’t take this banned product, it was just a false-positive that I got from taking this other banned product.’ But the commission is going to consider everything, and they will give him every opportunity to explain himself.”
MMAWeekly’s full interview with Keith Kizer is available at http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=485